Cash boost for Calderdale Council to tackle rogue landlords

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Calderdale Council will recieve a share of £5 million to tackle rogue landlords in their area.

Forty-eight councils across the country will share the funding so they can take on the irresponsible landlords that force tenants to live in squalid and dangerous properties, making their lives a misery.

Calderdale Council will receive £100,000 and the funding will allow local authorities to carry out more raids, increase inspections of property, issue more statutory notices, survey more streets and to demolish sheds and prohibited buildings.

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said funding is part of a package of measures that will ensure millions of hard-working tenants get a better deal when they rent a home.

The measures will not hamper the vast majority of landlords who are diligent and responsible. Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said: “Many private rental tenants are happy with their home and the service they receive, but there are still rogue landlords that exploit vulnerable people and force their tenants to live in overcrowded and squalid accommodation.

“We are determined to tackle these rogues which is why we are providing 48 councils with extra funding, so they can get rid of the cowboy operators in their area and bring an end to tenants living in miserable homes in the name of profit.

“We also want to raise the quality and choice of rental accommodation across the sector. The funding will ensure tenants know what level of service they can expect and have confidence to get help and take action if things go wrong.”

The cash will also allow councils to root out more ‘beds in sheds’.

Since 2011 nearly 40,000 inspections have taken place in properties with over 3,000 landlords facing further enforcement action or prosecution.